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Los Angeles Plays Itself -- A film by Thom Andersen.

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Thom Andersen (text)
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A documentary on how Los Angeles has been used and depicted in the movies. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Common Ground: Pedro Costa and Thom Andersen in Dialogue
 (From MUBI. 17 July 2015, 4:26 AM, PDT)

In the Evening of the Day: Thom Andersen’s "The Thoughts That Once We Had"
 (From MUBI. 8 May 2015, 1:19 AM, PDT)

The Noteworthy: 8 April 2015
 (From MUBI. 10 April 2015, 10:30 AM, PDT)

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Cast

 
Encke King ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Thom Andersen 
 
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Thom Andersen (text)

Produced by
Thom Andersen .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Deborah Stratman 
 
Film Editing by
Seung-Hyun Yoo 
 
Sound Department
Thor Moser .... sound
Craig Smith .... sound
 
Editorial Department
Peter Bo Rappmund .... addtional editing
 

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169 min
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Factual errors: The narration describes architect John Lautner's famous Chemosphere house as "a hexagon of wood, steel, and glass." The Chemosphere is octagonal.See more »
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
"L.A." = ineffable, 4 April 2005
Author: Eye-on-the-pie-in-the-sky from Seattle, WA

Trenchant and epic in size is Thom Andersen's "Los Angeles Plays Itself" – a doc that analyzes representation as much as it analyzes representation of Los Angeles itself.

How I adored the narrator's (Encke King) voice! It was at once sardonic and annoyed – a reflection of Andersen's emotional regard toward the whole matter, no doubt. What we hear are critical observations of the film clips that we see – there are quite literally dozens and dozens of clips here. This may seem disorienting and exhausting (to the interest level) but it's not. So struck with the compelling argument that Andersen presents to us do the hours fly by like minutes (not vice versa as Addison DeWitt said in "All About Eve").

Funny/interesting it is how this doc is set up like a conventional narrative film that Hollywood is guilty of routinely (and cloyingly) pushing on to the consumer - first we laugh and then we cry. The only difference here (and it's a big one) is that we're looking at actual subjects that existed or still exist. We cry for Los Angeles, you ask? Well, I'm not at liberty to discuss the poignancy that's present – it must be experienced firsthand in order to attain those surprise tears that are greatly missing in our movies.

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